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Old 01-20-2014, 06:28 PM   #1
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I have a 2005 Outback XT, and it looks like it has spring a leak in the intercooler. Do any of you subaru guys know where to get an inexpensive replacement? So far the car is stock, but someday I hope to get around to putting a tune on it. That's as far as I will ever go on that car, so I don't need much, but I can't find anything aftermarket for less than $750, which just seems ridiculous, and I hear the stock units are prone to failure with their plastic end tanks and whatnot.
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Let me know if you can utilize a version 7 sti intercooler. I can send you one I have laying around for cheap... Otherwise I'd see if you could source a usdm intercooler from a similar year impreza, or saab 9-2x aero.
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Let me know if you can utilize a version 7 sti intercooler. I can send you one I have laying around for cheap... Otherwise I'd see if you could source a usdm intercooler from a similar year impreza, or saab 9-2x aero.
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Let me know if you can utilize a version 7 sti intercooler. I can send you one I have laying around for cheap... Otherwise I'd see if you could source a usdm intercooler from a similar year impreza, or saab 9-2x aero.
Thanks, but it doesn't look like that version of STi intercooler will fit my car. It looks like the 2008-13 WRX intercooler is the same, though. I am hesitant to put a stock one on, though, just because they seem to fail so regularly, but there doesn't seem to be anything in the aftermarket between there and $700.
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nope, sti intercoolers won't fit that funky new plastic manifold setup these things have.

there are 2 inexpensive alternatives:
1)get an ebay all alum knockoff (I think its called "fast motorsports" or something) for $300-450. I may have one for you.
2) take apart, clean, re-seal, re-crimp, the stocker and install the "reinforcement kit" hardware tehy sell for those stupid pieces of crap that will run you about $90.
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Well, that is certainly cheaper than a Perrin or something, but I was hoping for SOMETHING good in the $200 range. How can there not be anything good there? With the stock units failing all over the place you would think somebody would make a reliable stock replacement.

I think I might just buy a used stock unit and see how long it lasts. I can buy 5 of them for the price of even the cheapest aluminum unit.
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I need to address this eventually on my fiance's LGT. IK eventually that sucker will leak.

Don't people JB weld the seam? lol
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I put some kind of gray goop gasket maker stuff on the spot that looked leaky tonight just to see if my check engine light comes back on tomorrow, but I know that won't hold. I hear if you JB weld it and put a couple giant hose clamps around it, that tends to prolong the life a little.
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Best price FMIC that I could find HERE

TMIC for sale by individual HERE

Pretty sure an 05 LGT should fit 05 OBXT, but confirm before buying.

EDIT - for cheap bastards ($90 kit or DIY)), look HERE. Depending on where you are leaking, it may work but I'm not sure. Again, contact seller 1st before buying.

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Now that is what I'm talking about. It looks like about $12 in parts from Home Depot.
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Stupid plastic intercoolers.... Stupid amenities... Stupid really nice new cars.

Trade me your outback.
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the problem with 5 temporary "eventually will leak" intercoolers is that when you're leaking you can potentially damage a WHOLE lot of components on the car, not just suffer torque loss.
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the problem with 5 temporary "eventually will leak" intercoolers is that when you're leaking you can potentially damage a WHOLE lot of components on the car, not just suffer torque loss.
Yes, and this part is concerning. I am thinking maybe I will buy a non-leaking used stock unit and reinforce it as in the $90 kit above (though I will make the kit myself because I own a hack saw and a drill).
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Ive seen the crimps on a lgt, look like they work well. Stupid concept of plastics tanks.
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There is a good chance your stocker is leaking by now too Scott.
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Let me know if you can utilize a version 7 sti intercooler. I can send you one I have laying around for cheap... Otherwise I'd see if you could source a usdm intercooler from a similar year impreza, or saab 9-2x aero.
I think your Ver7 STI intercooler would fit my 06 Saabaru Aero? Dis correct?

If so then, can has?
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There is a good chance your stocker is leaking by now too Scott.
at 55K? Ugh good lord, $499 seems to be the cheapest replacement and it's a POS godspeed:



next is the Torque Solutions:



at $575 probably worth the extra $75 for a better core, but I don't like the shorter runners vs the long runner core of the godspeed.

and i need new tires pretty damn soon...blah i hate spending money on this ****.
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Yep. Well, I think its a very good possibility. I've tested 60k, 80k, and 100k ones and all leaked, from 1 tiny little leak to a couple good sized ones.

It takes all of 5 minutes to pull it, plug up the 3 holes and test it. I'd do it if I were you. if its not leaking yet its a good time to buy one of those reinforcement kits
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5 minutes? I heard the throttle body coupler is a ---- to get back on? I will pull mine off when its warm and check it.
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On my outback it might have been 10 minutes by the time I got the hood open, took off the engine cover, opened the box of wrenches, and removed the intercooler. I didn't plug the holes and test it, since I could see right where it has been leaking.
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